Once Upon a Mattress (2005)

TV Movie  |  PG  |   |  Comedy, Musical, Romance  |  18 December 2005 (USA)
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In this hilarious tweaking of the fairy tale, "The Princess and the Pea", Queen Aggravain has ruled that none may marry until her son, Prince Dauntless marries. However, she has managed to ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Brittany Gray ...
Princess #12
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Scott Augustine ...
Dancing Knight
Linda Bernath ...
Jordan Cable ...
Dancing Knight
Stephenos Christou ...
Dancing Knight


In this hilarious tweaking of the fairy tale, "The Princess and the Pea", Queen Aggravain has ruled that none may marry until her son, Prince Dauntless marries. However, she has managed to sabotage every princess that come along. When Sir Harry and Lady Larken learn that they are going to be parents, wed or not, he goes off to the swamps and brings back Princess Winnifred ("Fred" to her friends). The queen is horrified and immediately begins to scheme, but Winnifred, with some help from Sir Harry, the King, and the Jester, isn't going to be quite so easy to get rid of. Written by Brad Pardee

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Release Date:

18 December 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

C'era una volta una principessa  »

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Did You Know?


Carol Burnett, who plays Queen Agravain in this version, played Princess Winifred in the original Off-Broadway production in 1959, which later moved to Broadway, and then to TV as Once Upon a Mattress (1964). Burnett recreated the role in Once Upon a Mattress (1972). See more »


During the Happily Ever After number, Princess Fred gets up on the table and kicks off the books stacked there but when we look down a few seconds later the stack she just kicked off on the right side of the table as we face it has returned. See more »


Queen Aggravain: Goodbye, good luck, get out.
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Remake of Once Upon a Mattress (1964) See more »


Here I Come to Save the Day
Lyrics by Marshall Barer
Sung by Matthew Morrison
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Loved it!
27 December 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Very cute! I absolutely loved this movie- well, then again, I love Tracy Ullman and Carol Burnett (who is, by the way, not looking the least bit of her 72 years). I couldn't believe Burnett was still going this strong - and after starting her career with the stage version of this movie as young Princess Winifred, to now come back so many years later and play Queen Aggravain is just amazing. She's such a great performer, and this was no exception. I'm absolutely kicking myself for not recording the second airing of the movie, though, and I was wondering if this movie is available on DVD or what-have-you? Wishing I could find the music for Princess Winifred's opening song, also. Anybody know where to get either one?

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